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South Korea to drop the term “Comfort Women”

2012-07-17 08:38:50 GMT2012-07-17 16:38:50(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

South Korean government may fall in line with the U.S. State Department in abandoning the euphemism "comfort women" for women drafted as sex slaves for the Japanese military during World War II, the Chosun Nilbo reported.

Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan said the government "will consider using the term 'sex slaves," when asked about the matter by Democratic United Party lawmaker Shim Jae-kwon in the National Assembly's Foreign Affairs, Trade and Unification Committee.

"I understand that the term 'comfort women' was coined in the past by taking into account the victims' opinions," he added, "but the government is ready to change the term after consultation with the victims."

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recently told department officials to use the more accurate term "enforced sex slaves," instead of "comfort women," which is literally translated from the Japanese euphemism.

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